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Scalextric ARC AIR Powerbase Upgrade Kit

Explore the next level in App Race Control technology - ARC AIR - with exciting new features such as wireless controllers with rumble pack and braking, plus new app features such as weather conditions and race incidents.

This ARC AIR Powerbase Upgrade Kit is compatible with any analogue Scalextric set, unlocking a whole new world of slot racing.

Key Features

  • Brakes Brakes
  • Wireless Rumble Controllers Wireless Rumble Controllers
  • Fuel Usage Fuel Usage
  • Lap Counter Lap Counter
  • Light Start Light Start
  • Pit Stop Pit Stop
  • Post-Race Statistics Post-Race Statistics
  • Tyre Wear Tyre Wear
  • Variable Weather Conditions Variable Weather Conditions


  • ARC AIR Powerbase
  • 2 x Wireless Hand Controllers
  • ARC Cradle
  • ARC AIR Quick Start Guide

Tech Specs

Supplied with a USA transformer

  • Age Suitability: 5+

I love this product because it enhances every aspect of the (already amazing!) Scalextric racing experience. In addition to all of the new features that you can access via the ARC App, and enhanced control of your races via a smart device, wireless hand controllers allow you to easily operate the cars from the comfort of your own sofa/beanbag/chaise longue etc.


For parents playing against their very young children it has the added advantage of being able to limit power, so you can make sure that the more inexperienced racers will never come off the track (or limit power to Dad's car to stop him winning every time!!).


It also has a full post-race statistics report so there can be no more arguments about who is the fastest and who is the real winner. Add into the mix, weather conditions, arcade mode, pit stop features and many more show stopping upgrades, this is a fantastic gift and a great excuse to enjoy some quality fun time with the whole family.

Darren Nye

Darren Nye − Scalextric Product Development Manager

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Very impressive!

I bought one of these mostly for wireless controllers (less trailing wires) but also to add more meaning to races from the functions available on the app. I do love the wireless controllers, each has its own coloured wristband to tell them apart. The controllers come pre-configured to the powerbase too so I didn't need to mess about doing that. Batteries for the controllers are included as is the mains plug for the powerbase (a slightly different shape to the regular powerbase). My mistake was trying to "pair" my phone & the powerbase as you can't * don't need to. Use of the app is pretty straight forward & some of the features really add another dimension. Sadly, its not perfect & also takes some getting used. However, It does what I want & thats all that matters to me. ... Read more

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Arc Air to be used by School for 3 weeks,

So over the 3 last days I have been running the new Arc Air at a local School Betty Gilbert In Aldergrove BC Canada. It has been performing well and so far after 3 hours of racing the batteries in the Controllers are still good and everything seems to be connecting and recording well. I have been using quick race to record best lap times for each class. On Grand prix there does seem an issue with calibration as each time you press "calibrate" the software crashes and then reopens. The kids love the wireless controllers and with a crowd watching there are no tangled wires. The brake button does not seem as responsive as on Digital but it works and is a welcome feature. The added weather feature is also great fun. Hopefully over the next coming weeks 200+ racers will try Arc Air and to many they did not even know about Slot Cars so this will jump them straight into today!
And it will be a good test on how the equipment holds up.
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Hi, I've got the ARC Air system and love it but have a few questions. Seems my lane 2 is very much alive and try's to power the cars as soon as they hit the track. What's causing this? Also I have an NSR car in my stable and I can't get the ARC system to see it so it won't count its laps or lap times or anything. Any idea what that's about? Thanks!

Posted by Chris C. on 17th Jan 2017

Lane 2 is used for the Pace car/ghost car setting so it is odd that it has power on all the time. Is the pace car setting on by accident? Do you have the latest firmware and app? All ARC systems requires black guide blade that must sit fairly deep in the slot to be picked up by the sensor. In rare occasions there is electronic interference that cause problems but that usually manifests itself as causing the APP to go a bit crazy.... You can also get help in the forum:

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Is Scalextric ARC AIR Powerbase Upgrade Kit compatible in France . Could it work as such in France ? thank you for your response

Posted by Schwartz Dizier Yvelise on 11th Dec 2016

It will work with an Scalextric from anywhere in the world. If you buy it from Hornby Scelxtric website it will come with a UK (3 prong). You can buy an adapter for 3-4 € and plug it into a French socket.Il n’y a aucun problème d’utiiser ARC AIR avec chaque système Scalextric (Sport) qui existe au monde. Si vous l’acheter du site Hornby / Scalextric il aura une prise anglaise. Vous pouver acheter un adapteur pour les prises franciais sans problème.

Are 2 ARC AIR powerbases able to handle 4 controllers at the same time on the same track?. Or is 2 the maximum?

Posted by Soenke Gloeckner on 3rd Dec 2016

I asked this question in the forums and while it is possible to use 2 powerbases in close proximity they (currently) cannot be linked. So you essentially have 2 races going on at once. However you can compare stats after the race and determine the winner!

hi...will this unit work on my Spectre 007 race set. thanks

Posted by anthony wong on 24th Nov 2016

Yes. This powerbase (PB) works with ALL of Scalextric 1/32 scale sets. The addition of the Pcae/Ghost car is actually a perfect fir for this set in fact!

I have Scalextric Digital will Arc Air work on my set?

Posted by Ger Meehan on 13th Jun 2016

You will have to swap out your digital powerbase and remove the "digital" track pieces. i.e. the ones with lane changing flippers.

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Safety Notice

WARNING Not suitable for children under 36 months.It contains small parts which can present a choking hazard, and some components have functional sharp points and edges. Handle with care.Only use this product with the recommended transformer. Colour and Contents may vary from those illustrated. Please refer to the safety notes in the main set instruction leaflet. Please retain these details and the address for future reference.

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